We are all familiar with the story of Emily Wilding Davison, the suffragette who gained posthumous notoriety after leaping in front of King George V’s horse at the 1913 derby. But what of the suffrage movement in Scotland? Surprisingly perhaps, our country was one of the first to have a women’s suffrage society and an early groundswell of support. The story of the fight for women’s suffrage in Scotland is full of examples of dogged determination over many years from suffragists and outrageous acts of arson, vandalism and bravery from suffragettes. This talk explores the ‘gists, the ‘gettes and the fight for female emancipation, viewed by some as a campaign and by others as a war. Ailsa Clarke's interest in WW1 was sparked as a 16-year-old on her high school battlefield trip. She went on as an adult to become a tour guide on the Western Front before going into secondary school teaching. She is also a practioner of living history who specialises in portraying women on active service during the conflict.
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